result
Final, Sydney, Mar 21 2009, ICC Women's World Cup
(46.1/50 ov)167/6
ENG Women won by 4 wickets (with 23 balls remaining)
player of the match
Nicky Shaw
England Women

England have won their third women's World Cup. They're charging onto the ground to congratulate the two women in the middle, and they're all in tears, a superb win, which they almost let out their grasp, but it came down to Nicky Shaw again who saw off some anxious moments to complete an excellent allround effort and help her team to victory. Edwards in floods of tears. This is her fourth World Cup, but first final.

Credit to New Zealand for the way they fought back, not just while bowling but also in their innings where Doolan helped them salvage what in the end proved a competitive score. The match, as we now know in hindsight, was lost for New Zealand during the 74-run opening stand between Sarah Taylor and Atkins. New Zealand badly needed early wickets, and though they gave their opponents a serious scare, the flurry of wickets came a little too late.

Do stay with us for all the news from the presentation. No guesses as to who the Player of the Match will be - It's got to be Nicky Shaw

The match officials are now being presented with mementos

The Player of the Match, as predicted earlier, is Nicky Shaw, who, remember, replaced the injured Jenny Gunn just minutes before the start of play.

Shaw: "It's brilliant. Jenny's brilliant and she's performed superbly through the tournament. A lot of hard work has gone in the last four years and the rest of the girls are absolutely excited."

The Player of the Tournament with 303 runs at an average of 75 is Claire Taylor.

Taylor: "It's been an amazing two-and-a-half weeks and it's just been brilliant. I'm just really pleased to have come up with these performances for the team, we've been very together, there is a lot of passion for the game, and it was incredibly nerve-wracking in the end."

The New Zealand players are now collecting their runners-up medallions.

Haidee Tiffen: "We let ourselves down with the batting. The England team played superbly. They outplayed us in every form of the game. One thing about Kiwis is that we never give up, we always fight. I'm proud of the girls, we've had a good time and some tough times, and we'll be back in four years and give it another go."

The England players are now collecting their winners' medallions.

Charlotte Edwards: "It feels really special, the team have been amazing. We've worked hard and I'll treasure this for the rest of my life. I was slightly jittery there at one point, but it's been a fantastic tournament. Doolan played a superb innings but I'm glad we made it through."

Alright folks, the champagne's flowing and the English players are living it up, relishing every moment of their superb win. They hold aloft the trophy and have now broken out into a celebratory song. That's all from here. Thanks for tuning in and it's goodbye from all of us here at Cricinfo.

46.1
1
Bates to Colvin, 1 run

that's it, all over! full toss on leg stump and she helps it on its way to the deep midwicket boundary.

end of over 461 run
ENG-W: 166/6CRR: 3.60 • RRR: 0.25 • Need 1 run from 24b
Nicky Shaw17 (27)
Holly Colvin4 (9)
Sophie Devine9-0-30-0
45.6
Devine to Shaw, no run

still no run, full on middle and leg, flicked away to square leg, her team-mates can;t take it any more

45.5
Devine to Shaw, no run

slower ball bowled full on middle, driven to short cover

45.4
1
Devine to Colvin, 1 run

scores are level, pushed into the off side wide of mid-off who's a little too deep and they;re just a run away from victory

45.3
Devine to Colvin, no run

almost, full toss on middle, played away straight to midwicket, only a matter of time now

45.2
Devine to Colvin, no run

yorker length on middle, defended back to the bowler

45.1
Devine to Colvin, no run

good length on middle, pushed to mid-off, almost done folks, the England team is already in tears

end of over 456 runs
ENG-W: 165/6CRR: 3.66 • RRR: 0.40 • Need 2 runs from 30b
Nicky Shaw17 (25)
Holly Colvin3 (5)
Suzie Bates4-0-20-0
44.6
Bates to Shaw, no run
44.5
2
Bates to Shaw, 2 runs

bowled on a good length outside off, she drives it through the covers for a couple and her team-mates watching from beyond the boundary cannot control their emotions

44.4
1
Bates to Colvin, 1 run

full outside off, pushed wide of mid-off and they scramble a single

44.3
Bates to Colvin, no run
44.2
1
Bates to Shaw, 1 run

turned away off the back foot into the leg side for a single

44.1
Bates to Shaw, no run
44.1
2w
Bates to Colvin, 2 wide

New Zealand have let it slip in these dying moments, down the leg side, the keeper fumbles and they concede 2 valuable runs